Kevin Campbell is adamant Sokratis Papastathopoulos will leave Arsenal in the new year.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Gunners striker said the 32-year-old is “a goner” and should have left the club in the summer.
Sokratis has been frozen out by Mikel Arteta this season and was not included in Arsenal’s 25-man Premier League squad named in October.
The centre-half, who earns £95,000-a-week according to Spotrac, has little over six months left on his deal at the Emirates and will be free to speak to foreign clubs regarding a pre-contract from 1 January.
Campbell suggested the Greece international may already have a verbal agreement with Italian giants Napoli in place.
“I think he is a goner,” he told Football Insider.
“He is one of the players who was supposed to have gone in the summer. I expected him to leave to go and play football.
“Whether he chose not to go or whether Napoli decided they would instead sign him on a pre-contract in January – I am not sure.
“He chose to stay and it is a strange one because he must have known that he would not be involved. He is well within his rights to but as a player I would want to play.
“He is only there to pick up money. While he is well within his rights, I expect that players want to play football. That is everything.”